REDBIRDS REMAIN PERFECT — It’s seven wins and counting for the undefeated Alton Redbirds.
They shot to 7-0 by defeating O’Fallon, 4-2, on Tuesday at AHS in the Southwestern Conference opener for both teams. The Panthers are 5-1 overall.
Alton is enjoying its best getaway since 2013 when the Redbirds started 9-0. The 2003 squad that finished 32-5 won its first six games and sported a 14-1 record in late March.
The Redbirds never trailed in besting O’Fallon. They led 1-0 after the first inning and 2-1 following three innings. Alton then scored twice in the fifth and withstood O’Fallon’s seventh-inning rally.
Brittany Roady pitched a six-hitter, struck out five and walked one in recording her seventh successive victory and her second this week.
Freshman Tami Wong went 3-for-3 with a double and drove in two runs to back Roady’s outing. Katelyn Presley was 2-for-4 with a double and scored three runs. Miranda Hudson was 1-for-2 and knocked in a pair of runs against losing pitcher Addison Barnouski. She struck out 10, allowed four hits and four runs, two of them earned.
The Birds resume conference competition Thursday at Belleville East. They will entertain Edwardsville next Tuesday in another league game.
EXPLORERS BEAT CRUSADERS — Marquette used a 5-run fifth to down visiting Belleville Althoff, 8-4, in a nonconference game. The Explorers struck for 12 hits and took advantage of four Althoff errors.
Sam Harshbarger went 3-for-4, Katelyn Fitzgerald collected two hits, one a double, and had a pair of RBIs. Teammate Mera Parker drove in two runs for the 2-3 Explorers.
Winning pitcher Tess Eberlin yielded six hits and four runs. She fanned 10 and walked six as Marquette snapped a three-game skid. The Explorers are slated to play Wednesday at Columbia and then play host to defending Class 1A state champion Calhoun in an 11 a.m. doubleheader Saturday.
EAGLES OUTSLUG PANTHERS — Civic Memorial outgunned host Litchfield, 11-7, in a nonconference game and improved to 5-3. A six-run sixth made the difference for the Eagles.
Katelyn Turbyfill, Shelby Whaley, Kaylee Klaustermeier and Kalyn Haar all had two hits in the win. Harr, Whaley and Jenna Parmentier drove in two runs apiece. Haar and Parmentier both had doubles as CM made the most of 10 hits.
Ryan Allison pitched six innings to log the win. Kaitlyn Wrenn worked the seventh. The Eagles are scheduled to play Wednesday at Granite City.
TIGERS TOP KAHOKS — Edwardsville survived a three-run seventh and shaded host Collinsville, 6-4, in SWC competition. The Tigers lifted their record to 4-2 in winning their conference opener.
They scored three in the sixth and led 6-0 at one point. The 2-5 Kahoks rallied with a run in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Jordan Corby went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run batted in to boost the Tigers. Teammate Sarah Hanglesben went 2-for-4 with a triple and RBI.
WARRIORS WIN BIG — Holly Zaring pitched a 5-inning no hitter as Granite City scored an 18-0 win over host East St. Louis in its SWC debut.
Haley Crider of the Warriors was 2-for-4 with four RBIs to lead the 4-2 Warriors. Khaly Bettorf collected two hits and Caitlin Patrick knocked in a pair of runs as Granite City built an insurmountable 14-0 lead after three innings.
OILERS FALL IN COLUMBIA — The host Eagles scored a 15-6 win over East Alton-Wood River in a nonconference contest. The Oilers, who dropped to 2-6 and lost their fourth in succession, led 4-0 in the top of the first inning. However, they couldn’t maintain their lead.
Columba erupted for six runs in the third and tacked on nine more runs over the next three innings. The Eagles had 15 hits, or four more than the Oilers. Columbia, which improved to 5-0, also took advantage of four EA-WR errors.
Carly Campbell of the Oilers was 2-for-4 with a double and scored 2 runs. Teammate Haley Shewmake had two hits. Rebecca Null was the losing pitcher.
EA-WR is scheduled to entertain Mount Olive on Wednesday in a Prairie State Conference encounter.
BIRDS, PANTHERS TIE – Alton and visiting O’Fallon opened SWC play with a 1-1 overtime tie at Piasa Motor Fuels Field on Tuesday.
The Redbirds pushed their record to 6-0-2 with their second standoff in less than a week. They also had a 1-1 tie March 23 against Marquette.
Freshman Morgan Rauscher’s goal in the 7th minute gave AHS a lead of 1-0 before Sam Stutsman of 3-2-1 O’Fallon knotted things midway through the second half. Alaina Nasello assisted on the AHS goal.
Through eight matches, the Redbirds have allowed just eight goals. They are scheduled to welcome Belleville Althoff in a 4:30 p.m. nonconference match Thursday.
EAGLES, BULLDOGS TIE — CM and host Highland battled to a 2-2 draw in Mississippi Valley Conference play at Glik Park Tuesday.
The Eagles moved to 3-2-2 overall and 0-1-1 in the Valley. They go to Triad on Thursday.
McKenzie Dixon and Cassie Hall notched the goals for CM, which led 2-1 at half. Morgan Wilson added an assist. Highland has a 1-3-1 record.
TIGERS SHUT DOWN WEST — Edwardsville blanked visiting Belleville West, 4-0, in SWC action and improved to 4-2-1 on Tuesday.
Abigail Crabtree scored twice, while Allysiah Belt and Mallory Mushill also logged goals. Keeper Regan Windau played 77 of the 80 minutes to get credit for the shutout.
COUGARS DEFEAT KNIGHTS — Breese Central recorded a 5-0 win over host Metro East Lutheran in nonconference play. The Cougars improved to 4-0. The Knights dropped to 0-3.
TIGER SHUT OUT KAHOKS — Three pitchers combined for a five-hitter as Edwardsville blanked Collinsville, 3-0, in its SWC opener at Tom Pile Field. Jake Garella worked five innings and gave up three hits to snare the victory.
Dylan Burris stroked a two-run triple in a three-run fifth to boost the 7-1 Tigers.
WARRIORS BLAST FLYERS — Granite City built a 14-0 lead after 2 innings and hammered visiting East St. Louis, 17-0, in a 5-inning SWC affair.
Three Granite City pitchers, including starter and winner Trent Jones, combined on a 1-hitter. Collin Barrett was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and Gabe Jarman added two hits, one a triple, with three RBIs. The Warriors improved to 2-5 in winning their league opener.
SHELLS FALL TO FREEPORT — Visiting Freeport outscored Roxana in a wild nonconference contest, 10-8. The Shells, who sank to 1-6, are slated to play Jersey High at Illini Middle School on Wednesday.
Roxana carried an 8-7 lead into the seventh, but the Pretzels scored three times to grab the victory. The Shells had a four-run fourth to move ahead 5-4.
Zach Golenor collected two hits and a pair of RBIs and Blake Vandiver added two hits as Roxana struck for 10 hits. Chance Foss pitched in with a double and reached base four times.
However, the Shells committed four errors and Foss was saddled with the setback.
MATER DEI WALLOPS OILERS — It was all Mater Dei as the host Knights defeated EA-WR, 11-1, in a five-inning nonconference game.
Unbeaten Mater Dei, which improved to 6-0, amassed a 6-1 advantage by the third inning and then exploded for five runs in the fifth for its short-game victory.
Bryce Beckmann went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run batted in to back winning pitcher Noaln Robben. He gave up four hits in five innings.
The 2-4 Oilers are back in Prairie State Conference play Wednesday when they welcome Mount Olive. EA-WR is 1-0 in conference competition.
MUSKETEERS ROUT KNIGHTS — Host Red Bud scored early and often in pounding Metro East Lutheran, 9-0, in a nonconference game. The Knights managed just two hits as they fell to 3-5. Red Bud improved to 2-5.
O’FALLON BLANKS ALTON — The Redbirds suffered a 9-0 setback to the Panthers in SWC action. Alton, which fell to 0-2 in league play, competes this weekend in the Edwardsville Invitational. Action begins Friday and concludes Saturday.
TIGERS TOP LANCERS — Edwardsville defeated host Belleville East, 25-22 and 25-12 in its SWC opener and improved to 3-4 overall.
Senior Tommy Hartnagel collected five kills, six digs and some timely serving to guide the Tigers.
REDBIRDS WIN TRIANGULAR — Alton outscored Edwardsville and Collinsville on Monday in a three-school meet on the Redbirds’ new track at AHS.
The Birds tallied 104 points. Edwardsville ran second with 95 points and Collinsville came in third with 22 points.
LaJarvia Brown won the 100-meters (12.0 seconds), the 100-meter high hurdles (14.63) and the 300-meter low hurdles (47.32) to spur the Redbirds.